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Diamond Circle Day Trip from Akureyri

Take a trip around Iceland’s spectacular Diamond Circle with this full-day guided tour from Akureyri. Travel along otherworldly volcanic fields to see highlights like Húsavík village, Lake Mývatn, and the glacier-fed cascades of Godafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls. Learn about the geologic history of this landscape of contrasts, from the steaming mud pits of Hverir to the Jökulsárgljúfur glacier canyon. In early summer, the tour also includes a stop at a puffin nesting site on the Tjörnes peninsula.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Air Tours

Akureyri Airvan Flight: Iceland Highland Ultimate

Get a unique view of the treasures of Iceland's Highland region on this scenic air tour from Akureyri. Soar above Askja caldera, training ground for NASA astronauts; Mt Herthubreith and the Vatnajökull glacier, the largest and most voluminous icecap in Iceland and the largest glacier in Europe.  Over the duration of the flight, you will also experience the sight of lava fields and waterfalls from the air, giving you an unparalleled perspective of Icelandic nature, away from the tourist crowds.
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  • 140 to 180 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 140 to 180 minutes
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Private Sightseeing Tours

4X4 Private Tour in Northern Iceland from Akureyri

Of all the natural jewels in northern Iceland, see the ones that most interest you on a customizable private day trip from Akureyri for up to eight people. Travel by 4x4 vehicle to waterfalls, craters, lakes and more, such as Dettifoss, Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss or the Mývatn Nature Baths. With a guide, create an itinerary that suits you and your group.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Horseriding tour in Akureyri

The Icelandic horse is known for its unique gait called tölt. The breed is only truly Icelandic when it is on the island, so don't miss the chance to ride one while you are here. This horseback riding tour takes you into the countryside and is suitable for all levels, whether or not you have ridden before.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

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White Water Rafting Day Trip from Hafgrímsstaðir: Grade 4 Rafting on the East Glacial River

Travel into the Austurdalur wilderness and pit your paddling skills against the surging torrents of the East Glacial River on this 6-hour white-water rafting adventure from Hafgrímsstaðir. Pull on your drysuit at the base in Hafgrímsstaðir, then grab your paddle and hit the waves. Navigate the choppy waters of the grade IIII–listed river and see why it consistently tops Iceland’s white-water rafting rankings. Tackle challenging rapids such as ‘Alarm Clock’ and ‘Deep Fry’ with your guide, and end your trip with a cliff jump into the glacial waters.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
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Askja & Holuhraun, Super Jeep luxury Day Tour from Lake Myvatn

Explore the highlights of the Icelandic Highlands in a day on a guided tour in a 4x4 Jeep. With this small-group tour, visit natural wonders like Askja Caldera, Viti Explosion Crater, Drekagil Gully, Holuhraun Lava Field, Glacier River, and Vatnajökull National Park. Learn about the history, geology, and biology of the region as you travel to each stop.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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Nature & Wildlife

Lake Myvatn Classic Tour from Akureyri

Get a firsthand look at the wild beauty of Lake Mývatn on an full-day tour from Akureyri. Learn about the geology, geothermal activity, flora, and fauna of the area from your guide as you travel. Visit Goðafoss Waterfall and the Mývatn Nature Baths (entrance included). Hotel pickup and drop-off provided.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Northern Lights 4x4 Jeep Tour from Akureyri (max 6 in jeep)

Go in search of the Northern Lights on a nighttime tour from Akureyri. Travel by 4x4 Jeep outside of town to escape any light pollution, and watch the dark sky for one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular shows. This area of northern Iceland is one of the best places to see the lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, so don’t miss the chance while you’re here. Hot chocolate and an Icelandic doughnut will keep you warm and awake while you wait for the lights to appear.
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  • Flexible
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Private Lake Mývatn with nature bath included

Combine natural sights with serious relaxation on this day trip to Lake Mývatn and the waterfall of Godafoss from Akureyri. After stopping to see the impressive cascades of water at Godafoss, you’ll continue to the volcanic lake to admire the natural beauty of the area. Finally, head to the Mývatn Nature Baths for a soak in the blue geothermal pools and steam baths before your return to Akureyri.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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Day Trips

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Day Trip to Lake Mývatn and Powerful Dettifoss from Akureyri (max 6 in jeep)

Explore the Icelandic landscape around Lake Mývatn on this day trip from Akureyri by 4x4 Jeep. This area of northern Iceland is home to natural wonders like Goðafoss (‘Waterfall of the Gods’), Dettifoss (Europe´s most powerful waterfall) and Hverarönd (hot springs). See craters and lava formations, and be amazed by the incredible geology of this island in the Atlantic.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Diamond Circle, Waterfalls and Amazing Landscapes from Akureyri (Max 6 in jeep)

If you only have time for one day trip from Akureyri, make it a tour of the Diamond Circle, a circuit that takes in some of North Iceland’s most impressive natural wonders. This full-day small-group tour visits the Godafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls, the Hverir hot springs, Lake Mývatn, and the Víti crater. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 11 hours
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  • 11 hours
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Day Trips

Akureyri North Iceland Waterfalls and Nature Baths Small-Group Tour

North Iceland boasts many natural wonders, including lava formations, waterfalls, thermal pools, and more. This small-group tour from Akureyi covers the best in a convenient day trip, including an optional swim at Myvatn Nature Baths. Marvel at the waterfalls at Godafoss, Dettifoss, and Selfoss; view Lake Myvatn, hot springs, and the Dimmuborgir lava fields, and then choose to bathe in the naturally heated Myvtan baths. Hotel and airport pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Askja Caldera Tour from Akureyri

To visit Iceland's remote Highlands, you need the correct vehicle and, preferably, the company of a guide. Go well off the beaten track and undertake an extensive exploration of the region on this tour from Akureyri. In a small group, hike across the same lunar landscape as the NASA-trained Apollo astronauts to Askja Caldera. See Herðubreið Mountain, the Herðubreiðarlindir oasis, Lake Askja, and Víti, an explosion crater formed in 1875.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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  • 11 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

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Lake Myvatn Day Tour and Godafoss Waterfall (from Akureyri)

Explore the natural wonders of Northern Iceland on this full-day tour from Akureyri. Enjoy spectacular views of Godafoss waterfall, then visit Lake Myvatn and enjoy free time to soak in the Myvatn Nature Baths (entrance fees not included). Along the way, marvel at natural wonders including the Dimmuborgir Lava formations and Hverir mud pools, visit Grotcaja cave, and see filming sites from hit TV show Game of Thrones.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Whale Watching & Sea Angling

Whale Watching Hauganes is the oldest whale watching tour operator in Iceland. We operate two classic Icelandic oak boats that are both spacious and extremely stable here in the still fjord of Eyjafjörður which is well sheltered from the open North Atlantic Ocean. We classify our tours as "slow travel" as you will get the chance of enjoying the beautiful landscape of the fjord along with its wildlife while not feeling in a rush or that you are interrupting the wildlife in any way. Our tours are carbon neutral as we plant one tree for each tour along with blending the oil with bio-diesel made in Akureyri (the capital of North Iceland, just 25 minutes south from us) from frying oils from local restaurants. You will find a restaurant here as well, a campsite, hot tubs down by the black beach of Sandvik and the famous beer-spa here just 5 minutes north from us. We include sea angling in our Whale Watching & Sea Angling tours, something that all fishing enthusiasts should try!
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  • 150 to 180 minutes
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  • 150 to 180 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Air Tours

Akureyri Airvan Flight: Arctic Circle Express

With diverse wildlife and a rich Icelandic culture, Grimsey Island lies off the northern shores of Iceland—but its remote location makes it difficult to reach. On this tour, take to the skies by fixed-wing aircraft and admire unrivalled views over the Arctic Circle scenery. Spot native humpback whales and puffins in their natural habitat, and sample traditional cuisine with local villagers during a 2-hour stop on the island.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Family Rafting Day Trip from Hafgrímsstaðir: Grade 2 White Water Rafting on the West Glacial River

Splash through the Icelandic wilderness and enjoy family-friendly adventure on this 3.5-hour rafting trip on the West Glacial River from Hafgrímsstaðir. Climb into your drysuit at the rafting base in Hafgrímsstaðir. Then, travel onward by bus to the banks of the choppy but gentle West Glacial River. With your paddle in hand, hop aboard your raft and follow the current downstream. Navigate the course with your guide and enjoy breathtaking views over the rolling riverbanks. Finish your adventure with a cliff jump and a swim in the glacial waters.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

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Lofthellir Ice Cave from Akureyri

Explore a magnificent subterranean world of ice crystals and rock formations with a full-day tour to Iceland’s Lofthellir cave. Journey off-road from Akureyri through remote volcanic fields and see natural attractions like Lake Mývatn, Mt Hverfell and the crater row of Lúdentarborgir along the way. Descend into the cave at the base of a mountain, and wander through its jagged, icy caverns while your expert guide shares the story of its formation. Numbers are limited to 10 people for a personalized small-group experience.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Grand Lake Mývatn Tour

See Iceland’s natural wonders in a day on this small-group guided tour with round-trip transportation. Travel via luxury SUV to visit massive waterfalls, the unique landscape around Lake Mývatn, enjoy a farm-fresh meal of local cuisine, go for a dip in a natural geothermal hot spring surrounded by lava fields, and more.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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V.I.P Private tour to Lake Myvatn and the Waterfall of the Gods

Some group sightseeing tours can feel rushed and impersonal. Enhance your experience of Iceland's north by booking this private tour that takes you to Goðafoss waterfall, Lake Myvatn, lava caves, and hot springs.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Day Trips

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The small Artic Dimond & GeoSea Baths (5 Hour) Morning or Evening deputures

Cover the highlights of northern Iceland on this relaxing, nature-filled half-day tour, which includes admission to the Geothermal Sea Baths in Húsavík. Look out for whales in the Skjálfandi Bay as you soak in healing waters, enjoying panoramic views. Tours are offered in both the morning and evening for extra flexibility.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 hours
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Day Trips

Dettifoss Waterfall Tour from Akureyri

Leave driving and tackling difficult road conditions to the experts, and get off the beaten track on this tour from Akureyri to Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful in Europe. In a small group, head first for Lake Mývatn then to Jökulsá á Fjöllum glacier river, where a mass of water, mud, and sand rumbles into a canyon from Vatnajökull Glacier. Upon arrival, enjoy excellent views of Dettifoss, as well as adjacent Hafragilsfoss and Selfoss waterfalls.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

MYRKA TOUR, HALF-DAY HORSE RIDE

Our Dark River tour takes you through beautiful landscape of Horgardalur in Northeast Iceland with the bizarre mountain view all around you. Before we ride off we start with a short riding lesson at the farm. In the middle of the tour we come to Myrka (Dark River) and there we will see the breathtaking view of Hraundrangar the lava column witch are on of the nicest landmark of Iceland. At Myrka we will rest and have light refreshment before we head back home to Stable Stop. When we arrive back at the farm we will have some beverages and coffee and traditional Icelandic snacks such as homemade Icelandic flatbread with smoked lamb, deep-fried sweetbread “kleina”, Duration: 4-6 hoursExperience: Suits beginners as well as more experienced riders Included: Riding gear, helmets, jackets, rain pants, lunch, English-speaking guidesAvailability: April to Oktober Participation: 2-6 people per tour
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Private Artic Sigló-Kaldi Beer Spa & Dining Experience

Explore Iceland’s northern coast on a scenic drive that takes you past fjords, harbors, fishing villages, and mountains on your way to Kaldi Beer Spa. Along the way, you can learn about the rural region’s history with a walk through the Village of Sigló where the TV crime series ‘Trapped’ was filmed. Finish the day relaxing in a beer hot tub, sipping on microbrews, and dining on local food.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation


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